Carolyn Murphy

Musical Director

Christopher Luke

Company Manager

Colleen Deegan


Alannah Matthews

Production Manager

Steve Lloyd

Marketing Manager

Tracey Blake


7th – 23rd July 2022


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Audition Information

For information on the New Plymouth Operatic Society’s production of Matilda including workshops, audition material and auditions please click the button below to download the Audition Pack

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Bookings for The G.J. Gardner Homes season of ‘Matilda – The Musical’ – Children’s and Adult Workshops are open!

Please click on the button below RSVP to one of three workshops for Kids (Saturday) and a standalone workshop for Adults (Sunday).

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NPOS welcomes those intending to audition for any role (Principals,  Ensemble, Off-Stage Chorus – both Adults & Children) where the show Creative team will take you through the singing, dancing and acting pieces being used for the auditions in January 2022.

This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the show, assist with your preparation and gain confidence for your audition.

Please note, while important, it is not mandatory to attend the workshops to be able to register for the auditions.

Children’s Workshops – Saturday, 4th December 2021

  • Session 1. – 9:00am to 10:30am,
  • Session 2. – 11:00am to 12:30pm,
  • Session 3. – 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Where: TSB Showplace, Stage Door Entrance, King Street

Adult’s Workshop – Sunday, 5th December 2021.

  • 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Where: New Plymouth Operatic Society, 76 King St, New Plymouth

Covid Protection Framework:

At the time of this post we are working under L2 Covid-19 guidelines.

At the time of the Workshops we will be working in the new Covid Protection Framework (The Traffic Light System) which comes into effect from midnight Thursday, 2nd December for all of New Zealand.

The status that Taranaki region will be placed in has not yet been released but it is assumed likely to be AMBER.

In this Amber status we can only host participants in the workshops that are double vaccinated. Our Creative, HOD’s and Operatic Members will also align with this requirement

In order for NPOS to host this event for our community, the government has advised that we must check participants proof of vaccination status by viewing each individuals vaccine pass;

the link to download a pass is here:

Sign in:
Visitors must Scan in, Sanitise and present your Vaccine Pass on arrival

Wear a Face Covering:
Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering whenever possible

Maintain Physical Distancing:
Attendees are encouraged to maintain social distancing of 1m whenever possible

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell

Thanks in advance for being patient while the NPOS team work through the COVID-19 Level to Traffic Light framework crossover.

We look forward seeing you all there… MAGGOTS!

G.J. Gardner Homes season of ‘Matilda – The Musical’ –
Information Evening

NPOS welcomes parents (and children) to attend one of two information sessions where the show Creative & Production team will talk about the show, upcoming workshops, auditions, audition material, dates & times.

After the key show personnel have spoken, we hope to make time for some general Q & A.

It is not mandatory to attend these sessions to be able to register for the workshops and auditions.

Most of the content covered on this night will be available in the audition pack which will become available straight after the workshop weekend.

Sunday, 28th November 2021

Session 1. – 4:00pm

Session 2. – 6:00pm

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Sign in
Visitors must scan or sign in on arrival

Wear a Face Covering
These must be worn by everyone aged 12+ and attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering whenever possible, even when seated

Maintain Physical Distancing
Please sit in your “bubbles” and maintain a distance of 2-metres from other individuals or groups. The friendly Showplace team will assist you with this when seating

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell

Thanks for being patient and respecting our staff who are doing their best to keep everyone safe

We look forward seeing you all there… MAGGOTS!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, and unforgettably catchy songs, Matilda is a joyous girl-power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination and extraordinary powers!

The daughter of unloving parents, Matilda finds refuge in library books. Things are no better at school, where Matilda also must face a tyrannical and cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who believes in school’s motto: “Bambinatum est Magitum,” or “Children are Maggots.” She finds companionship in her teacher, Miss Honey, though well-intentioned, is shy and fragile.

Brave little Matilda knows she has to stand up against the adults in her world, and in doing so, discovers her own remarkable powers. Matilda’s bravery teaches Miss Honey and her classmates an important lesson — that even though life can be hard, “nobody but me is gonna change my story” so “sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”

Matilda Wormwood

An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched and is a fantastic storyteller. Matilda must be small, mature and ready to handle carrying the entire show.
A strong singer and actor with some dance required.

Matilda’s Classmates

Bruce Bogtrotter

Matilda’s classmate. Bruce leads the revolt in “Revolting Children”. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Bruce eats a slice of Miss Trunchbull’s chocolate cake, and is punished by having to eat a whole cake in class.


Matilda’s classmate and self-proclaimed best friend. She is very smart, but not like Matilda. She is also a bit naughty herself, planting a newt in Miss Trunchbull’s water after the physical education class. Big personality.


Amanda is a classmate of Matilda’s. Despite Miss Trunchbull’s rules about pigtails, Amanda wears them because her mother says they look pretty. She pays the price by getting thrown across the playground by her pigtails by Miss Trunchbull.


Strong and Bold.




Small. He struggles with physical education and has his ears pulled by Miss Trunchbull.


He is enthusiastic, but has too high expectations of himself, which leads to disappointment. He seems to always be in a panic, and becomes worried easily.


Adult Characters


The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children.


Matilda’s kind-hearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. Warm and caring.


Matilda’s uncaring father. A cruel, abusive and dishonest used-car salesman.


Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.


Matilda’s older brother. He is favoured by their parents but is actually not very bright.


Mrs. Phelps runs the local library, where Matilda finds refuge. She is warm and loving to Matilda, and loves to listen to her stories. Mrs. Phelps gets deeply involved in Matilda’s stories, often crying or responding in frustration when Matilda stops.


Mrs Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner.

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Acrobat Story I
School Song
The Hammer
Naughty Reprise (Superglue)
Chokey Chant
This Little Girl

Act 2

All I Know
When I Grow Up
I’m So Clever
Acrobat Story IV (I’m here)
The Smell of Rebellion
My House
Revolting Children
Priyatna Paznakomitsa

Roald Dahl’s


Book: Dennis Kelly

Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin